Situated in the west-center of Tunisia, Kasserine governorate covers an area of 8260 km 2, or 5.2% of the national territory. Its population grew from 386,908 in 1994 to 412,278 in 2004 and 439,243 in 2014, an average annual growth rate of 0.64% in 2014.
The population of Kasserine representing 30.8% of the population of the Central West and 4% of the Tunisian population. It is predominantly rural with a rate of 59.3% against a national average of 32.2% (RGPH 2014).
Agricultural development in the region was undertaken in the context of many projects the most important being the development project of the central Tunisia (1979-1989, $ 25 million), the Irrigation Project in Tunisia Central affecting two governorates of Kasserine and Kairouan (1983-1989, 54 R), the integrated rural development Project watershed High Mellegue (1989-1999, 25 R), the PDAI Kasserine (2001-2005, 44.6 MD) the PDAI northern governorate of Kasserine (2012-2016, 20,2MD) and the PGRN (1997-2004, 2009-2014 and MD 25, MD 32).
|Agriculture||Manufacturing Industry||Non- Manufacturing||Services||Undeclared|
|Kasserine||29.2 %||7 %||18 %||45 %||0.8 %|
|Tunis||0.7 %||16.1 %||8.5 %||74.0 %||0.7 %|
|Sousse||3.9 %||27.7 %||14.3 %||53.3 %||0.8 %|
|Sfax||17.4 %||24.6 %||15.0 %||41.8 %||1.2 %|
|Tunisie||17.5 %||18.2 %||14.5 %||48.8 %||1.0 %|
The effort made in favor of the agricultural sector for decades has allowed the region to record positive results in terms of agricultural production which accounts for about 5% of the value of total agricultural production and 4% of value added agricultural country. In addition, in 2010, the governorate of Kasserine, ranked first in the production of apples (34.2%) and pistachio (26%), second place for the production of apricots (19%), third place for the production of almonds (11.4%) and in fourth place for the production of peaches (6.5%).
In fact, farming is a refuge for a good part of the population, due to the very limited employment opportunities in other sectors. The survey of the 2004/2005 farm structure shows that this activity affects 33,350 farmers, 59,081 caregivers and 2035 permanent employees or a total of 112 466 people (far superior to the 28 285 people surveyed by the RGPH 2004) besides 720 000 days casual work.